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Past-Time Lover: Ludwik Lazarus Zamenhof

Past-Time Lover: Ludwik Lazarus Zamenhof Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Arnold
Updated 13 Feb 2015
This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?...

Weekend Break: Quick language courses for short trips overseas

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Feb 2015
Planning a trip overseas? Our language podcasts will give you the basics in a range of European languages

The Great Fall: The effect on the arts

The Great Fall: The effect on the arts Copyrighted image Credit: Alexander Vasilyev | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
The fall of the Berlin Wall had a great impact, especially in the world of the arts. 

The Great Fall: How it happened

The Great Fall: How it happened Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
How did the fall of the Berlin Wall come about? 

The Great Fall

The Great Fall Copyrighted image Credit: United States Government under CC BY-SA 3.0) license
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
It's 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9th November. Here, Open University academics share their memories and insights. 

The Great Fall: A personal perspective, before and after

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
A personal take on experiences before and after the Berlin Wall fell from an Open University lecturer in Classical Studies. 

The Great Fall: A personal timeline

The Great Fall: A personal timeline Creative commons image Credit: Noir at the German language Wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
Read a timeline of an Open University lecturer's experiences of the fall of the Berlin wall. 

The Great Fall: Teacher experience

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
The Open University's Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies shares his experiences as a teacher during the Fall of the...

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Beginners' Chinese

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Beginners' Chinese
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 04 Mar 2015
This is introductory material, and was chosen to be easily accessible for those with some basic knowledge of Chinese. This unit concentrates on...

Cultures

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 26 Aug 2014
In this unit you will address the question of traditional music and music from the francophone world and you will examine the place they occupy in...

Personal information

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Personal information Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 26 Aug 2014
This unit will enable you to discuss personal information at an intermediate level of Spanish.

Lebenszyklen

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
The thematic focus of this unit is people in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the world they live in. You use audio and text to practise German...

Rundblick: Beginners' German

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Rundblick: Beginners' German
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
This introductory unit will help you to learn the basics of the German language by taking a journey through German-speaking countries. You will...

Beginners’ Spanish: Food and drink

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Beginners’ Spanish: Food and drink Copyrighted image Credit: Mike Truman
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 17 Jul 2014
This unit requires some basic knowledge of Spanish. It will be of interest to those who want to improve their language skills in order to...

Croeso: Beginners' Welsh

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This unit is taken from Croeso, a beginners’ language course that concentrates on Welsh as a tool for communication, but it also provides some...

Finding Information in Modern Languages

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Finding Information in Modern Languages Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 26 Nov 2013
This unit will help you to identify and use information in Modern Languages, whether for your work, study or personal purposes. Experiment with...

La Cité des sciences et de l’industrie

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La Cité des sciences et de l’industrie
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Using the subject of science and technology in France, this unit will show you how to structure arguments, write a summary, use the subjunctive,...

Spanish: Espacios públicos

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Spanish: Espacios públicos Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit is taken from Portales, a language course that concentrates on Spanish as a tool for communication, but it also provides some insights...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Apr 2015
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Apr 2015
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Apr 2015
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Apr 2015
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Apr 2015
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Apr 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

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BA (Honours) English Language and Literature Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Apr 2015
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Credit: iStock Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Apr 2015
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

BA (Honours) Language Studies

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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Apr 2015
Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language, opens doors to other cultures and communities, giving you an...

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Apr 2015
The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact in a range of...